The day started out as just a day I was heading up to my buddy Mike Bowling’s house to purchase some parts for a TROG build for 2019. Before finalizing the deal for the parts Mike asked if Alli and I had some time to go visit some local “collectors” in his neck of the woods. We did and off we went... in the later part of the day on our way back to Mikes from the first stop at Ricky’s hotrod and motorcycle shop/museum we tried another local guys house. This is when I met Brad. He was preoccupied with a gentleman looking at a car he had for sale. Mike B gave me the nickel tour through the back shop to see some of his current projects, drivers and shelves upon shelves of highly sought after hotrod parts. This place was Hotrod Heaven !! If these walls could talk ... Brad freed up and we got to talk more about his cars and things he had accomplished throughout his life namely the cars he had built. Then Mike said “ let’s go see inside the Big building” Soon as I walked in I laid eye on this 30 coupe that was sitting lower than every other car. Covered in dust from sitting for years, things piled up on its roof ... we took the tour. It was tucked in between a 39 Chrysler New Yorker (I think) and a project 32 Ford Truck. It was cool ... like crazy cool. We talked about all the different cars and the major ins and outs of each one. After about an hour inside the old barn we were walking out and I asked him to tell me about that Black Coupe I had walked over to it several times just taking it all in. There was so much to look at. He said that was the first car he ever built ... it’s what started it all. His “First Born”. After learning about the car we headed out and I asked ... “ would you ever think of selling that 30 Coupe?” He said “Yeah, I’d sell it” We left shortly after that headed back to Mikes place for some Choco Tacos and to talk about the day. Man I all I could do was think and talk about that coupe ... I lost many hours of sleep over the next few nights concocting a plan to buy the car. I just didn’t know how I would make it happen. It was going to take a damn miracle... (The car as it sat when I first saw it.) ..... ....To be continued. Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.